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Feb 7, 2013 3:00am PST
a bipartisan group of 11 senators led by democratic senator ron wyden of oregon called for more insight into the government's legal rationale for drone strikes against americans abroad. senator wyden said on twitter, "every american has the right to know when their government believes it's allowed to kill them." this followed the leaked white house memo obtained by nbc news this week detailing criteria required for such a strike. this is all unfolding before today's senate confirmation hearing for john brennan, nominated to be the next head of the cia. and andrea mitchell, i wonder if this could, in any way, get in the way of brennan again. >> well, this is so much in a state of flux right now. clearly, i mean, the president's called to senator wyden last night, so unusual to try to reassure him and try to ward off what could be a calamitous hearing today. the fact is that brennan was already going to be asked about enhanced interrogation techniques. john mccain has raised those issues. but in terms of the democratic group and actually susan collins was one of those as well, the 11 sena
Feb 8, 2013 3:00am PST
yesterday about drones. ron wyden, senator ron wyden from oregon will tell us all about that hearing. no sooner did ray lewis retire from the ravens than his sond signed up to play for the university of miami. we will talk to sports blogger cindy borin from the washington post. a lot to get to, as we say, and we will, but first, today's current news update from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. president obama is speaking at the armed forces farewell tribute today in honor of defense secretary lienon panetta. he will be at joint base myer henderson at 4:00 this afternoon. this is the formal goodbye for panetta stepping down from his position. yesterday, he testified over the attacks in benghazi where he revealed there was no advanced warning for those attacks. he said that factor plus the time and distance involved prevented the u.s. military from reaching the consulate before four americans were killed. panetta also confirmed he personally broke the news to president obama the night of
Feb 7, 2013 8:00am PST
ron wyden who says the president has been stonewalling congress for years and suggested blocking brennan's nomination. president obama called wyden specifically last night. >> clearly, the president's call to senator wyden so unusual and trying to ward off what could be a calamitous hearing today. >> what standard will barack obama be held to after the pictures of the little children who were killed by his cone drone attacks are placed before the jury in the hague? >> i was encouraged last night when the president called and he said as part of this effort, he is going to try to drive a more extensive discussion about these issues. every american has the right to know when their government believes it's allowed to kill them. i don't think that, as one person said, that is too much to ask. >> so right now the senate armed services committee is holding a hearing on the response to the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. leon panetta testifying and likely to face tough questions. he started off by defending the military's response to crises around the world. >> the united state
Feb 8, 2013 6:00am PST
hearings we've seen, the criticism came from the president's own party, ron wyden, angus king, what did you make of it and what was the reaction afterward? were they satisfied with what they heard? >> well, not entirely yet but there were some things that did please them in the fact john brennan seemed to take seriously their concerns about transparency and he said, of course, that will have to be tested if he's confirmed and he can actually demonstrate he's heard them in the job. this has been pressure among democrats building for a while and this hearing gave them a chance to put it all on display which made it striking to have that many frustrated with the white house. when you hear dianne feinstein say why can't staff be involved? they have experts who work on their staff and, you know, if you were handed or i was handed a memo that was complex and we got a chance to read it but then they took it away and no one else could see it, yes, you had some oversight but you really didn't get a chance to study it to make lots of informed questions about it, that sort of thing. so that's part of
Feb 8, 2013 6:00pm EST
-up requests let's go to ron wyden's questioning of john brennan thursday. he is leading the push for the white house to explain its rationale for targeting u.s. citizens. >> let me ask you several other questions with respect to the president's authority to kill americans. i would ask you how much evidence the president needs to decide that a particular american can be lawfully killed and whether the administration believes that the president can use his authority inside the united states. my judgment, but the congress and the public need to understand the answers to these kind of fundamental questions. what do you think needs to be done to ensure that members of the public understand more about when the government thinks it is allowed to kill them, particularly with respect to those two issues, question of evidence and the authority to use this power within the united states? >> i have been a strong proponent of trying to be as open as possible with these programs. as far as our explaining what we're doing. but we need optimize transparency on these issues and at the same time optimize secrec
Feb 7, 2013 12:00am PST
that it is legitimate to ask questions about how we prosecute the war against al qaeda. >> senator ron wyden, a member of the senate intelligence committee, has been a critic of the drone program for years. every american has the right to know when their government believes it is allowed to kill them. he tells nbc news, "the memo doesn't answer the central questions. when does the government have the legal right to kill an american"? wyden will get the institution to question about it tomorrow at the senate confirmation hearings for john brennan. john brennan's champion of the drone program, has served as president obama's terrorism expert. wyden says it makes a mockery of the oversight process. he says he was kept in the loop about the strike that killed an american-born al qaeda leader. >> we do have oversight into it. i knew about those operations, the targeting sets, all of that leading up to it, including very shortly thereafter. and i review all of is the air strikes that we use under this title of the law. >> let's turn to our panel tonight. msnbc military analyst and medal of honor recipient,
Feb 7, 2013 5:00pm PST
process. oregon senator ron wyden did at least hold out for one constitutional right. >> every american has the right to know when their government believes it is allowed to kill them. >> john: that's a start. brennan was quick to assure the senator and the committee that some people have the drone war all wrong. >> there is a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressions, nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there is no other alternative. >> john: the c.i.a. also goes through agony to make sure there aren't any collateral injuries or deaths from drone strikes according to mister brennan. on torture mr. brennan who said in 2007 the torture had saved lives, backed away from the claim and the torture program when michigan democrat carl levin confronted him with similar statements from three bush administration officials. >> we flat out say that those statements are wrong. any basis to disagree with those? >> i do not. >> john: brennan admitted afte
Feb 6, 2013 6:00pm PST
on this matter by senate democrats, particularly by senator ron wyden of oregon, who today told reporters that while he understood that operations needed to be confidential, laws in this country and their interpretation, laws are not supposed to be confidential. ron wyden and a bipartisan group of ten other senators wrote to the president this week asking him to please clear the way for this memo to be released to congress. and then tonight we are told that the president called senator ron wyden himself and said okay, we're going to let you see it. after all this time, we're not only going to admit it exists, we're going to let you guys on the intelligence committee see this memo. it happens the night before the president's nominee to run the cia will appear before the intelligence committee in the senate for confirmation hearing. congressional oversight on national security and war. the executive branch recognizing that this is a rest of the government too, even on national security. oh what a feeling. joining us now is andrea mitching, nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent and the h
Feb 7, 2013 11:00am PST
, while that's been applauded as an important step forward by wyden and others, there're chafing my members of congress about the restrictions put on the access to this memo. it's only house and senate intelligence committee members. they can go in to a classified skiff, classified room and review it. they cannot bring their staff. and they kabt talk about it after they have read it. they must leave it there and consequently when this confirmation hearing of brennan begins this afternoon, no senators can ask him about anything they might have read in that memo because it's remaining classified. on top of that, as i said before, only intelligence committee members to review it. the judiciary committee asked to have access to this and as of this moment they do not so while it is from the point of view of people want to see more disclosure about the drone program, this might be a step in the right direction. it's still leaving a lot of questions unanswered about -- >> absolutely. >> about what's in that memo. >> michael, specifically senator on wyden on today an i'm sure you heard the
Feb 7, 2013 5:00pm PST
progressives in america. no doubt about it. democratic senator ron wyden asked brennan, how can the united states target americans who have been denied due process? brennan's answer was consistent with the administration. >> any american who joins al qaeda will know full well that they have joined an organization that is at war with the united states and that has killed thousands upon thousands of individuals, many, many of whom are americans. any member of al qaeda, whether they be a u.s. citizen or non-u.s. citizen, needs to know that they have the ability to surrender anytime, anywhere throughout the world. >> the controversy is not going away. the boundaries of transparency are still undefined. get your cell phones out. we want to know what you think tonight. tonight's question, do you agree with the policy of targeted killing of american citizens? text a for yes. text b for no. to our new number. our text number now is 67622. you can always go to our blog and leave a comment at we'll bring you the results later on in the program. tonight, i am joined by nbc news national
Feb 7, 2013 6:00pm PST
? joining us now is oregon democratic senator ron wyden, who has repeatedly asked the obama administration bower drone policy. senator wyden, it's good to see you. thank you for being with us. >> thank you for having me again. >> did you not in fact get what you had asked the president to give you and that you thought you would be getting this morning based on your conversation with the president last night? >> rachel, it's not clear. the fact is, and i went in first thing this morning, i was able to read some information that was helpful. i'm just not convinced yet that it is the full legal analysis that we need to do to do vigorous oversight. what today was really about is of course it was a nomination hearing for john brennan. but it ultimately was a question of upholding our system of checks and balances in government. and i think that system is out of whack these days and we've got to do some more for transparency and accountability in getting those checks and balances back. >> in terms of this specific program that you've been asking about the legal advice for, specifically targeting
Feb 7, 2013 12:00pm EST
the enemy overseas. >> even democrats like ron wyden said that the memo does not adequately explain whether the government has the legal right to kill an american. brennan will also be questioned about interrogation techniques used by the bush administration. he says he had concerns and objections. that is probably will -- probably not the last we will hear about grounds. the senate foreign relations committee is planning hearings as well. >> still ahead, a judge makes a ruling about an ongoing argument in baltimore city. the decision on the plan to install eight new phone system. and opening ceremonies on the winter olympics are just a year away. away. >> a baltimore circuit court judge dismisses a lawsuit by joan pratt over mayor stephanie rawlings-blake's plan to install a new phone system. pratt accused rawlings-blake of subverting the usual bidding process. money will change hands on the eastern shore. it is announced on wednesday that communities hit hardest by super storm sandy will get additional financial aid from the federal government. maryland will receive $8.6 million, most of
Feb 6, 2013 3:00pm PST
: and the lack of specificity has alarmed some on the left. including democratic senator ron wyden. >> the bottom line is the administration is essentially telling the congress the american people, just trust us and i just don't think that's the standard for oversight. >> jennifer: and that is just a prelude to tomorrow's confirmation hearings for john brennan who is a chief architect for the drone program. senator wyden has been one of john brennan's loudest opponents because of his role in that drone program. and here is another thing that is not going to help the president with the left, is he is now getting praise from the far right. lindsay graham said he was going to author a resolution commending the president's use of drones . . . maybe not the endorsement the president was looking for. so is his liberal appeal strong enough to withstand the outcry over the drones or is it just a narrow group of people? how should progressives feel about drone strikes anyway? it's not so easy. for more on that i'm joined by hendrik hertzberg, staff writer at "the new
Feb 5, 2013 3:00am PST
states. let me put this in context. i was walking by the capitol yesterday. i ran into senator ron wyden. we're talking about drones here, of course. ran into senator ron wyden from oregon. basically said so, senator what are you up to? he said i'm on a crusade. he said i'm on a tear. i'm out after john brennan. of course, the president's nominee to head the c.i.a. i said on what issue? he said on drones, of course. on drones. this is -- this guy is the architect of our whole drone policy. i told him. this is something that i've talked about on the show. i'm very concerned about the use of these drones. i'm torn about it but very concerned about it. and i said to him you know, i think this is an issue that's going to blow up in our face. he said you bet. we haven't seen a copy of it yet. he told me he was releasing a letter yesterday signed by -- i think he said 16 senators, republicans and democrats to the president saying we need the information on exactly what we're doing with these drones. what the policies are. what the guidelines are and who decides. now, this story has broken. all
Feb 2, 2013 10:50am EST
of conversation. we have more coming up. thank you. [applause] >> senator ron wyden has been a digital don quix and toot overe night millions came to his rescue. a digital don quixote. >> what an inflationary introduction. i did not know if he was having his campaign -- caffeine or what. it would be cruel and unusual punishment to give you a big filibuster at 9:00 in the morning. if you are trying to get a little red bull inn to you or something to get started, i thought i might turn the old phrase about vegas on its head. we all know that the classic description of they this is that what happens in his stays in vegas. with the great work that might and everyone has done, we should say that the innovation that is demonstrated in las vegas means to be disseminated around the world. with the good work being done in time to highlight the opportunities for domestic and international progress, we should give them a special salute. it is also important to talk about the threats and challenges for the internet as well. last year at this time, the cea invited me to talk about my fight about sopa. i sai
Feb 7, 2013 5:30pm PST
, senator wyden, senator feinstein, did press brennan to be more open, and perhaps his most memorable line, he said i want to optimize transparency, but at the same time, i want to optimize secrecy. tonight, brian, secrecy won out. >> government speaking for having it both ways. our national investigative correspondent, michael isikoff, who has led the way on reporting on this topic this week. thanks. >>> still ahead as we continue on a thursday evening, stressed out in america. a huge response from folks across the country, especially concerning who is suffering the most and why. >>> and later, after decades of damage and disrespect, the amazing way they are restoring one of the most beautiful places on earth. >>> our health news tonight is a surprising look at the millions of americans who are stressed out and suffering from it across this country on a daily basis. the surprise isn't the raw number of americans who are suffering. it's the age of the people who say they are feeling it the most. our report tonight from our chief medical editor, dr. nancy snyderman. >>> from home to the off
Feb 8, 2013 8:00am PST
wyden, who received a call on wednesday evening from president obama saying that he would have access to these memos and the president saying that other senators who wanted to review it would have access to them as well. here are are the senators this morning talking about the hearing from yesterday. their reactions. take a listen. >> this is an incredible responsibility of us to really pay close attention to what they are doing because otherwise the executive is, as i mentioned yesterday, prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner all rolled into one. and in our system of government, that's not the way it's supposed to be. >> there is no question that we can protect our country in a dangerous time like this and at the same time ensure more transparency and more accountability. >> all right. so more transparency, more accountability. >> right. >> karen, do you think that the questions have gone away with this? the administration has provided its stance or it is legal reasoning for why they feel this is okay. they are getting a lot of blowback for this. >> no. i don't think it's gone awa
Feb 7, 2013 6:00pm EST
. democratic senator ron wyden of the organs of u.s. citizens should be able to know why the u.s. has targeted them for assassination. >> every american has the right to know when their government believes it is allowed to kill them. i don't think that's one person said that is too much to ask. this idea that security and liberty are mutually exclusive, that you can have only one or the other is something i reject. we are going to have to begin the heavy lifting of the congressional oversight process by examining the legal underpinning of this program, and made very clear that i am going to push for more declassification of these key kinds of programs. i think we can do that consistent with national security. >> the senator has led the push for the white house to explain its rationale for targeting u.s. citizens and will be among the senators to question john brennan today. after suggesting he would consider filibuster in the nomination, he received a personal phone call from president obama wednesday night to inform him of the memo's release. tune in to "democracy now!" on friday for our cove
Feb 4, 2013 10:00am EST
, including chairman wyden and other senators, and i wanted to announce the energy 20/20 here because i know how seriously this form considers energy from a variety of different perspectives. i also know that public, a professional, civic, and business responsibilities require you to do just that, even on a monday after super bowl, you are tasked to do just this, to look at energy considerations. now, i'm going to give you the reader's digest version of "energy 20/20: a vision for america's energy future." a simple insight drives this. three words -- energy is good. would we not agree? energy is good. [applause] energy provides the basis for advanced civilization, improved standards of living, allows us to live comfortably, allows us to watch our super bowl game, allows us to transport ourselves around a neighborhood and around the world, allows us to produce food in the quantities necessary to feed the world's population, it allows us to manufacture, communicate. it enables every aspect of modern life. and too often we forget this. too often we forget the basic notion that energy is good. d
Feb 3, 2013 6:30pm PST
either, even though he does not. senator wyden seems to be agitating in that direction. and we'll see what comes with that. >> democrat of oregon. he's actually been pressing for greater transparency and oversight. >> he has indeed. >> but not getting anywhere, even among -- >> correct. >> among his democratic colleagues. >> that's right. and he's been, he's on the senate intelligence committee. he was on the committee when i was there. he's been on the committee for a very long time. and he is willing to press a democratic president on these issues, but he hasn't gotten any traction yet. senator leahy, the chairman of the judiciary committee has, in my opinion, very feebly pushed also without result. >> so would both of you agree with one of president obama's counterterrorism advisors in his 2008 campaign, a man named michael boyle, who said that obama has been, quote, just as ruthless and indifferent to the rule of law as" president bush? he goes on to say, "president obama has waged his war on terror in the shadows, using drone strikes, special operations, and sophisticated surveil
Feb 5, 2013 6:00pm PST
they determine who is a bad guy? or as oregon senator ron wyden put it in a question, a written question to the president's cia nominee john brennan, how much evidence does the president need to determine that a particular american can be lawfully killed? following naturally on from that, and this is the one that keeps me up at night, does the president have to provide individual americans with the opportunity to surrender before killing them? does this obligation change if the president's determination that a particular american is a valid target has not been publicly announced or publicly reported? think about that, right? if you're an american citizen and the president is going to kill you, do you have the right to give yourself up instead so you don't get killed? and how do you know you should do that if the president's decision that he is going to kill you is a secret decision that nobody ever tells you? and are we right also in only imagining this kind of thing happening in places like yemen or pakistan? quoting again from senator wyden here, are there any geographic limitations on
Feb 7, 2013 7:00am PST
of what congress wants. >> we heard ron wyden say this is a step. nia-malika your paper argues this should be released. yet 83% of americans said they supported the president's use of drone strikes. i'm wondering is there any public pressure to be more transparent? is that going to happen now? >> that's really interesting. i mean, you cited that poll, 83% of folks agree with the drone program, its use at least overseas. there's a difference if this is used on our soil here, certainly no backing for that among americans, but so far you haven't seen the outcry of a public outcry in terms of this program being used to target americans overseas. i think this is the first big public airing of this issue that we've seen. we'll see obviously brennan take it up today and perhaps after that you'll have americans raising some concern, but so far there has been bipartisan concern i think on the hill. it hasn't extended to the american public, and even in some ways you have had a situation here where republicans have been the fiercest supporters of this program. some folks saying what about democrats
Feb 7, 2013 12:00pm PST
the provision of documents. senator wyden and others have had much to do about this but our job is to provide oversight to try to see that the cia and the intelligence communities operate legally. in order to do that, it is really necessary to understand what the legal, official legal interpretation is. so the office of legal counsel opinions become very important. >> you are in "the cycle" and i spy a contentious confirmation hearing for john brennan. the chairwoman of the senate select committee on intelligence dianne feinstein cleared the room following a series of interruptions, protesting america's use of drones. >> i think they're not going to -- >> the spies. assassination. >> and expect more fireworks as brennan is grilled by other members of the committee. nbc's kelly o'donnell is following the action live on capitol hill. where are we right now? >> reporter: well, this is quite a day. if you are interested in this kind of policy, there was so much to watch today and so much that will yet unfold. it really is fascinating. and what you see with the protests, when's unusual here, there
Search Results 0 to 49 of about 127 (some duplicates have been removed)